AIDS AWARENESS PROGRAMS

 
 
RED SCARF PROJECT
 
 
 
 
RED SCARF PROJECT - By Joanne Ashley
 
December 1st is World AIDS Day at which time all of the red scarves are tied around poles within Oshawa and Whitby. Click below to read the full story.
 
SLICE OF LIFE EVENT – by Joanne Ashley
 
The event will be held on Wednesday, November 25th. At the Abilities Centre in Whitby. Click below to get further information
 
 
 
RED SCARF PROJECT - By Joanne Ashley
 
The RED SCARF project is an Awareness campaign for HIV/AIDS.
December 1st is World AIDS Day at which time all of the red scarves are tied around poles within Oshawa and Whitby. This will create curiosity awareness about HIV/AIDS and the homeless.
This project is currently run in the London and Niagara Regions by regional HIV/AIDS connect.
In view of our long time association and focus on HIV/AIDS , our Club and the Rotary Club of Whitby-Sunrise Club are now fully engaged with this project.
The campaign also includes local homeless and street communities. Red Scarves on poles will have a tag that says take one if you are cold. Any scarves not taken by Dec. 3 will be donated to local shelters.
Knitter and crafters for example may wish to crotchet a scarf, all red scarves are to measure 6 inches width by 60 inches length.  They will be donated to ACRD or bring to the Slice of Life event on Nov. 25th. Finished scarves may also be delivered to Joanne Ashley or Debbie Morgan by Nov 25th.
Red yarn is available at various outlets such as Wool Queen/Michaels/WalMart.
At the end of the campaign a VIA Rail round trip for 2 to Montreal will be auctioned to a lucky winner. Details of the campaign are available at the ACDR AIDS Committee Durham Region, 905-576-1445, ask for Sophie.
Joanne is asking for everyone’s support to knit or to invite people you know to help them get to 100 scarves.
Rotarian Bill suggested that there may be a whole bunch of “blue” scarves declared surplus the night before!? Maybe they can be dipped into red tint. Good thinking Bill but , all members are encouraged to maybe take up knitting.
 
 
SLICE OF LIFE EVENT – by Joanne Ashley
 
The event will be held on Wednesday, November 25th. At the Abilities Centre in Whitby. 
The event is hosted by the Rotary Club of Whitby's Aids Action Team in partnership with AIDS Committee of Durham. 
Admission is free but we ask you to bring cans of high protein food such as beans, peanut butter or packages of Ensure/Boost. This is to ensure the Holiday Hamper Program has plenty of food for Durham clients of the AIDS Committee of Durham Region.   
The Abilities Centre’s Theater is where the round tables are set up to welcome our 7 speakers who are coming from the speaker’s bureau of the Toronto AIDS Network or locally from the ACDR. All presenters will talk about their personal "Slice of Life" as it relates to their life dealing with or living with HIV/AIDS. Speakers remain at the tables and attendees circulate around the room to each table with a set time to hear the stories.
The stories are compelling, thought provoking and give you insight and awareness that you will find riveting.
The process begins with an HIV/AIDS Proclamation from the office of the Town of Whitby's Mayor Don Mitchell. 
There will be slices of food available donated by local business people. Again this is free to the attendees and is served on a help yourself manner.
Information needed contact Joanne Ashley (905-571-4829)